## Reflection: Discourse and Questioning Properties of Exponents - Section 3: Fishbowl and and Whole Group Discussion

Discourse in the math classroom seems to come naturally to some students, but it's very difficult for others.  When I see that a group of my students are particularly adept at productive discussions, I want the rest of the class to learn from them.  I help this happen by organizing a "fishbowl" discussion.

In a fishbowl, a group of students engage in a discussion about a topic while the rest of the class watches.  Usually, I provide the students watching with a checklist of things to watch for to keep them focused.  This list might include

• vocabulary terms
• discussion techniques
• questioning techniques

After the small group has completed their discussion, we have a whole group discussion about what was observed.

The goal of the fishbowl activity is to help everyone in the class improve their discussion techniques by watching a small group of students who are particularly skilled.

Promoting Discourse through "Fishbowls"
Discourse and Questioning: Promoting Discourse through "Fishbowls"

# Properties of Exponents

Unit 2: Exponential Functions
Lesson 1 of 11

## Big Idea: Fractional exponents can be used in place of radical symbol. This can make working with radicals easier in some cases.

Print Lesson
2 teachers like this lesson
Standards:
Subject(s):
Math, Algebra, Exponents and Exponential Functions, properties of exponents
90 minutes

### Colleen Werner

##### Similar Lessons

###### Rational Exponents
Algebra II » Exponents & Logarithms
Big Idea: Mathematics is all about patterns, and exponents reveal some "power"-ful ones!
Favorites(4)
Resources(17)
Fort Collins, CO
Environment: Suburban

###### Stretching Exponential Functions (and your mind)
12th Grade Math » Exponential Functions and Equations
Big Idea: Students’ algebraic skills are reinforced as they discover that some different transformations are actually equivalent.
Favorites(2)
Resources(19)
Phoenix, AZ
Environment: Urban

###### Using Special Right Triangles and Spotting Some Patterns
12th Grade Math » Trigonometry: Triangles
Big Idea: What does it really mean to memorize something? To recognize the underlying structures and patterns, and to use them to make sense of and remember, conceptually, what is happening.
Favorites(3)
Resources(20)
Worcester, MA
Environment: Urban